The forging industry has spent thousands of years adapting to changing environments in its mission to supply quality products to the industries it serves. In these more challenging financial environments, in which pensions are hard to come by and training new employees comes at such a high cost, it is apparent that we need to do more to retain good talent.
One of FIERF’s missions is to promote the education of future engineers who will serve the forging and related metals-processing industries. To this end, one of the Forging Foundation’s major annual philanthropic projects is the financial and logistics support it provides the ASM Materials Camp for Teachers.
Two of the most pressing issues in our industry are the development of technology and finding the next generation of employees who will be using that technology to grow companies' global competitiveness.
By encouraging cooperation among academia, industry and government, Forging Industry Education and Research Foundation (FIERF) funding provides the seeds for widespread strengthening of the forging industry.
FIERF is very pleased to have been entrusted with the administration of the new Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship made possible through a very generous gift of Sharon Haverstock,” said FIERF President Rob Mayer (The Queen City Forging Co.), who recently announced the program.
The Forging Foundation works with over 20 universities known as Magnet Schools where forging curriculum and experiential learning are encouraged. This issue’s column focuses on the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton.